Thursday, May 22, 2013
Liddy, Gipson, Owens big winners in runoff
By BARRY BURLESON
There will be a complete change in Holly Springs city government in July.
A new mayor and five new aldermen will take the oath of office to serve the next four years.
In Tuesday’s runoff election, Tim Liddy regained his old seat, defeating incumbent Johnnie Bagley-Johnson for the alderman at-large position. Liddy got 995 votes to Bagley-Johnson’s 475.
Liddy said he was surprised by the large margin.
“I appreciate the support of my family, friends and the voters of Holly Springs,” he said. “This has been a group effort by a lot of people.
“I believe this is a mayor and board who can work together.”
In Ward 2, Sharon Gipson was the winner. She defeated Lennell “Big Luke” Lucas by a vote of 271 to 165 in the runoff. It will be Gipson’s first turn at city alderman.
“I’m overwhelmed by the support,” she said. “I especially thank my parents and all the residents of Ward 2.
“I’m looking forward to working with all the residents of Holly Springs, the rest of the board and the mayor. I’m excited about the future of our city.”
Another first-time winner Tuesday was Christy Owens in Ward 4. She beat incumbent Harvey Payne Sr. by a vote of 301 to 168.
“I appreciate the voters coming back out again for the runoff election,” she said, “and I commend Harvey Payne for yet another clean race. I look forward to serving the city.”
Three other city races were decided in the May 7 primary – all those elected also new to the positions.
Kelvin Buck was elected mayor, Bernita Fountain alderman Ward 1 and Mark Miller alderman Ward 3.
Unofficial total turnout for Tuesday’s runoff election was 1,470 voters compared to a turnout of 2,322 in the May 7 primary election.
All votes, including absentee ballots, were tallied by 8 p.m. Tuesday, just one hour after the polls closed.
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